Danny Kaleikini Release Full of Aloha
Producer Michael Cord adds another title to the Classic Collector Series with this double length disc of 24 songs recorded in the 70s by Danny Kaleikini. It's the latest release in a labor of love by Cord, who plans to bring back into print on Cd all the albums originally released on two local labels - Trim and Mele - by producer Irv Pinensky in the 70s and early 80s. Most of the Trim and Mele catalog has been out of print since Pinensky's death. Some of the master tapes were allegedly destroyed shortly afterward, and none of the albums were available in CD before last year.
Cord has been improving the series along the way, and this is one of the bargains. The first few discs were exact CD copies of the original vinyl albums, and if the original album contained only 35 minutes of music that's what was on the disc.
Cord made "Ambassador" a much better deal by apparently rereleasing two albums as a single disc. The main thing is that the disc contains 71 minutes of music. That's a good deal, even at the list price of a local disc!
Kaniala [Kaleikini] applies his winning romantic baritone to light pop arrangements of a variety of Hawaiian, hapa-haole, and Japanese standards.
Some are close to traditional in their simplicity, while others present hapa-haole standards or Hawaiian-language lyrics in arrangements that would have fit in nicely at any Waikiki lounge of the era. Among the highlights are: Kuu Ipo Ika Hee Pue One, Hawaii Aloha, Ku'ulani O Hilo Hana Kahi, and Here's Happiness.
The entire list is printed on the outside of the cover for inspection prior to purchase, but Kaleikini's legion of fans will probably want it sight unseen.
The liner notes are primarily an account of Kaniala's [Kaleikiki's]impressive accomplishments and charitable activities, and don't provide any history of these particular recordings. However they certainly substantiate his right to the title Ambassador of Aloha.